Friday, July 08, 2016

Hal Jordan isn't a very good superhero in any universe, apparently.

In this week's Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #13, it's Batman vs. the entire Justice League–Er, "The Regime," I guess they're calling themselves now. If you're unfamiliar with the comic book series, it is a prequel to the fighting video game Injustice: Gods Among Us, and it has somehow been going on for five years now.

The premise is that Superman and many of his fellow supereheroes are insane fascist monsters, and only Batman and some like-minded heroes can stand against them. Think Kingdom Come, if Kingdom Come went on forever, wasn't really about anything and instead of being painted it was drawn by the first two-to-four artist who responded to DC's emails and who didn't have anything better going on at the moment.

So here Nightwing Damian Wayne, a longtime ally of The Regime, confronts his father Batman over whether or not it's cool to kill serial killer Mr. Zsasz, who has apparently recently killed Alfred Pennyworth (Few supporting characters live long or die peacefully in this series). Batman came down on the "definitely not cool" side. When Batman's archenemy Superman arrives, he downs a green pill that gives normal people the ability to trade punches with Superman, and then Batman goes to work on Superman, Nightwing and their allies.

I was most intrigued by the part in which he fights Hal Jordan, who has traded his Green Lantern ring in for a Sinestro Corps ring (that's why he's yellow). Check out the Injustice-iverse's Batman vs. Hal Jordan fight:

Okay, first, Batman was able to take out a guy wearing what I assume is the second most powerful weapon in the universe, a literal magic wishing ring, by throwing a dumpster over him. And secondly, it took Hal forever to figure out a way to get out of that dumpster.

Yes, Jordan is the one who eventually knocks out Batman, but as you can see in the panels above, he does so only by shooting him in the back after Wonder Woman uppercuts him a foot into the air. After he figured out  a way to get out of an overturned dumpster.

So, in conclusion, Hal Jordan is the every universe!

(The above panels, like the rest of the issue, were written by Brian Buccellato, drawn by Mike S. Miller and colored by J. Nanjan, by the way.)

1 comment:

SallyP said...

Yes, but Batman was Standing on top of the dumpster... so obviously Hal couldn't get out. Oh Hal...I can only assume there was a head wound in all this.